I attended this wonderful conference for the first time last year and gained valuable insight into the publishing world and how to build a solid foundation as a beginning novelist. This year, since I was a presenter, I was not able to attend as many classes as I would have liked, but the ones I did attend were wonderful.
|Bestselling author Lisa Wingate and I with her ACFW Carol Award-winning book, "Dandelion Summer"|
Some of what she said in her class:
“Standing out in the publishing industry, we are not to have the mindset of writing something that has not been done. It‘s not impossible, but it's much harder to get a first sell if it's something out of the box (with no defined genre/market).”
“Know your brand and fit in it. Mine is women’s fiction and deals with things like female relationships (friends, mother-daughter, etc.). Your branding helps editors determine advertising, book covers, etc.”
“In your book, you want a character that is relatable and has the right type of language/voice.”
A few of the things he said:
“Publishing is not a selection process but a survival one.”
“A good book is not enough. We [agents and editors] are looking for exceptional. That’s why 80% of all submissions get rejected.”
“The difference between a good and a great book is flow. You may not have everything in its proper place.”
|Louisiana author Judy Christie and I with her book, "Gone to Green"|
“You must acknowledge ‘writing’ as a priority in your life and carve out time for it, then stick to it.”
“To keep organized, it’s good to identify your writing goal by keeping some sort of a journal or notebook and list every writing project you have.”
“How to become a consistent writer involves figuring out when you write, recording how much you write and having accountability.”
“If you’re not excited about writing a book, then you need to rethink writing it.”
Tips for Attending Your First Writers Conference/sAttending writers conference can be overwhelming. I would suggest that before attending a larger one like the American Christian Fiction Writers Conference you look for smaller ones in the surrounding area. I have also attended the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It was wonderful.
A good piece of advice that Terry Burns gave first-time conference goers was that you must develop a “filter” to only take in the limited amount of information you need at this particular part of your writing journey, because you can easily be overwhelmed and miss what you need to know right now.
Interested in Attending?
The East Texas Christian Writers Conference is held each year on the last weekend in October at the East Texas Baptist University campus in Marshall. On Friday, there is a pre-conference with a two-hour workshop and dinner with a keynote speaker, plus the opportunity to mingle with presenters and fellow attendees before the full day of the conference, which is on Saturday. The pre-conference event costs extra, yet--even with the full conference--the cost is just over $100. That’s what I call “bang for your buck.” If you have not checked this conference out, check out the website at http://www.etbu.edu/News/CWC.htm.
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|The Giveaway Winner - Sarah Hudson Pierce|
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